(Cri"na*to*ry) a. Crinitory. Craig.

(Crin"cum) n. [Cf. Crinkle.] A twist or bend; a turn; a whimsey. [Colloq.] Hudibras.

(Crin"cum-cran"cum) n. A twist; a whimsey or whim. [Colloq.]

(Crined) a. [L. crinis hair.] (Her.) Having the hair of a different tincture from the rest of the body; as, a charge crined of a red tincture.

(Cri"nel Cri"net) n. [L. crinis hair.] A very fine, hairlike feather. Booth.

(Cringe) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cringed (krinjd); p. pr. & vb. n. Cringing.] [As. crincgan, cringan, crincan, to jield, fall; akin to E. crank.] To draw one's self together as in fear or servility; to bend or crouch with base humility; to wince; hence, to make court in a degrading manner; to fawn.

When they were come up to the place where the lions were, the boys that went before were glad to cringe behind, for they were afraid of the lions.

Sly hypocrite, . . . who more than thou
Once fawned and cringed, and servilely adored
Heaven's awful monarch?

Flatterers . . . are always bowing and cringing.

(Cringe), v. t. To contract; to draw together; to cause to shrink or wrinkle; to distort. [Obs.]

Till like a boy you see him cringe his face,
And whine aloud for mercy.

(Cringe), n. Servile civility; fawning; a shrinking or bowing, as in fear or servility. "With cringe and shrug, and bow obsequious." Cowper.

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